My Brother, The Robot

RobotDutton Children’s Books, 2001
Middle-grade novel, 144 pages

Chip didn’t think anything could be worse than almost failing the fifth grade–until his new brother, Simon, arrived. Simon is the latest in robotic technology.

He looks just like a human boy, but he is ten times better — better at being polite, cleaning his room, spouting the multiplication tables, and swimming, Chip’s favorite sport. Dad hopes Simon will set a good example for Chip. Instead, Chip feels as though Simon is taking his place — at summer school, on the swim team, even in his parents’ hearts. Chip hatches a plan to take care of “the Perfect Son” once and for all. Will it work perfectly, or be a perfect mess?